Source: Uganda Standard
Parliament has stayed processing of the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2022 and tasked government to establish a Constitution Review Commission to comprehensively consider all amendments.
The bill moved by Jacob Karubanga, the Member of Parliament for Kibanda South County sought to amend the Third Schedule of the Constitution to include new minority ethnic communities – the Bakingwe, Baziba, Bagabu, Maragoli, Mosopisyek and Saboat.
The Third Schedule of the Constitution recognises 56 ethnicities as at 01 February 1926.
However, Speaker Anita Among said it is better to once and for all comprehensively amend the Constitution.
“I noticed that the object of the bill is to amend the Third Schedule of the Constitution to include five additional ethnic groups as part of Uganda’s indigenous communities,” she said during plenary on Tuesday, 05 July 2022.
She added: “It is imperative that this should be done comprehensively to avoid piecemeal amendments of the Constitution; this requires Parliament to conduct a robust appraisal of indigenous communities that for one reason or the other have not been listed in the Constitution…”
Speaker Among said whereas the frequent amendment may have its positives, it is wiser to have in place the Constitution Review Commission.